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If you're in an academic career, or if you're looking to pursue one, communicating your research to a range of audiences is probably going to be an important part of what you do. The Conversation is a new platform for academics aimed at encouraging exactly this.

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. You can read more about The Conversation here: 

It provides a platform for researchers to raise the profile of their research and engage the wider world, with the freedom to discuss topical issues in a more nuanced way than is typically offered by traditional media outlets.

Oxford is a member of The Conversation and as such receives regular opportunities for researchers and academics across the University to contribute articles and to take part in hands-on training to enhance writing and engagement skills.

The articles are often picked up by other media (including the BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post) resulting in even greater reach to audiences that can include academics, policymakers, funders and the public. To date, over 280 Oxford researchers and academics, at all levels, have published articles attracting 10 million readers from across the world.

Read more on the University website about why you should get involved: (opens in a new window)

Editor-in-residence days

The Social Sciences Division and the Humanities Division are jointly hosting three editor-in-residence days over the 2016/17 academic year. These days are designed to bring relevant editors from The Conversation to Oxford, to meet academics who are interested in writing for a public audience. 

Join the editors from The Conversation to hone and refine your skills, or simply find out a bit more about what The Conversation is and how to get involved; there’s something for everyone.

15 Dec 2016  | Josephine Lethbridge (Arts + Culture), Gemma Ware (Society + Education)

16 Feb 2017 | Andrew Naughtie (Politics +Society), Will de Freitas (Energy and Environment)

20 Apr 2017 | Laura Hood (Politics + Society), Annabel Bligh (Business + Economy)


Bookings are now open for the 16 February session:

Lunchtime seminar: Introduction to writing for the Conversation

12:00 - 13:00, 16 Feb 2917 | Andrew Naughtie (Politics +Society), Will de Freitas (Energy and Environment)

Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School

This session led by Editors from The Conversation covers what it is, how to get involved, what are the benefits, tips for writing for general audience, examples of types of articles they publish. Also hear ‘Why writing for The Conversation was the best thing I did for my research profile last year’ from an Oxford academic.

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Workshop: Writing opinion pieces for a public audience

14:00 - 16:00,16 Feb 2017 | Andrew Naughtie (Politics +Society), Will de Freitas (Energy and Environment)

Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School

Bring along ideas for a story to this workshop, where under the supervision of editors from The Conversation you will plan and start an article, being given feedback throughout.

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The Conversation: one-to-one drop-in sessions with editors

16:00 - 17:30,16 Feb 2017 | Andrew Naughtie (Politics +Society), Will de Freitas (Energy and Environment)

Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School

A limited number of drop-in sessions with editors are available on the dates of the workshops. If you have a piece in-progress, or if you’ve got an idea on which you would like to get some feedback, this is a great opportunity to get some time face-to-face with an editor from The Conversation.

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